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Ravens under the microscope: Best case, worst case for ILB Arthur Brown

Ravens under the microscope: Best case, worst case for ILB Arthur Brown

As we countdown to training camp, Clifton Brown and Bo Smolka will take turns putting 25 key Ravens under the microscope this month.

They’ll speculate on a best-case, worst-case scenario for at least one player every day. They’ll begin with players looking to carve out a role, or a roster spot. They’ll end with the Ravens’ most important players, concluding with quarterback Joe Flacco on July 25.

UNDER THE MICROSCOPE - Arthur Brown, inside linebacker

Best-case scenario:

Brown finally becomes a regular contributor on defense, at least as a backup.

Why it could happen:

This is Brown’s best opportunity for playing time since his arrival in 2013, after the Ravens released linebacker Daryl Smith in March. That leaves the starting spot at inside linebacker next to C. J. Mosley wide open.  Zach Orr wants it. Rookie linebacker Kamalei Correa also wants it, and Correa got reps at inside linebacker during minicamp. However, this is Brown’s fourth year with the Ravens. He knows the system, and he was a second-round pick in 2013. General manager Ozzie Newsome saw something in Brown that we haven’t seen yet with the Ravens. If Brown is ever going to bloom, now is the time.

Worst-case scenario:

Brown gets cut.

Why it could happen:

If Orr and Camalei are clearly better than Brown, the Ravens are unlikely to keep him just for a role on special teams. Brown didn’t make a tackle on defense last season, with his only two tackles coming on special teams. The Ravens will have plenty of difficult roster decisions to make. They can’t keep waiting, and waiting, for Brown to prove he’s not a second-round bust. If he’s not in their plans to play snaps on defense, Brown is unlikely in their plans – period.

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Fellow dance student of Ravens' Alex Collins fatally shot in Florida school shooting

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Fellow dance student of Ravens' Alex Collins fatally shot in Florida school shooting

On Wednesday, February 14, a horrific school shooting claimed the lives of 17 innocent people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. 

The tragic event impacted people far and wide, and hit especially close to home for Ravens running back Alex Collins.

The former Arkansas star was born in Plantation, Fla., a suburb of Fort Lauderdale and went to high school just 15 miles south of Douglas High School. 

In the offseason, Collins took Irish dancing lessons to improve his footwork, and following the act of terror, the Ravens' tailback learned that one of his dance partners had been killed in the mass shooting.

17-year-old Cara Loughran attended The Drake school of Irish Dance with Collins in addition to two other Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students and was fatally shot by the gunman on Wednesday afternoon. 

Collins took to his Twitter account to issue this heartfelt message.

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“The school shooting yesterday hit home,” Collins wrote.

“We received confirmation a few hours ago we lost one of the girls, Cara Loughran. Two other girls saw and experienced unspeakable tragedy. My heart goes out to these girls, all their families and their teacher Chrissy.”

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Baltimore Ravens to take on Chicago Bears in Hall of Fame game

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Baltimore Ravens to take on Chicago Bears in Hall of Fame game

BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Ravens and Chicago Bears will launch the NFL's 99th season by playing in the annual Hall of Fame game on Aug. 2.

The Ravens' first appearance in the Hall of Fame game, which launches the league's 2018 Enshrinement Week. Former Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis is among the inductees, along with former Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher.

Lewis, who played 17 seasons with the Ravens, and Urlacher, who played all of his 13 seasons with Chicago, both were elected on the first ballot.

Lewis joins Jonathan Ogden as the only Ravens in the Hall of Fame. Both were selected by Baltimore in the first round of the 1996 draft.

The other members of the Class of 2018 include Bobby Beathard, Robert Brazile, Brian Dawkins, Jerry Kramer, Randy Moss and Terrell Owens. All will be inducted on Saturday, Aug. 4.

This will be the record-tying fifth time that the Bears will play in the Hall of Fame game. They won the previous four, most recently 27-24 over Miami in 2005.

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